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Klopp rates Liverpool chances of a top-four finish after a 2-0 victory over Southampton

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp revealed that his team will continue to fight for a top-four finish after a hard-fought win over Southampton on Saturday.

The Premier League champions earned their first victory in nearly a month as they defeated Southampton by two goals to nill.

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Sadio Mane scored a header against his former club before Thiago Alcantara put the icing on the cake with his first goal in a Liverpool shirt late on. It keeps them in contention for a European finish.

The win means the Reds are now six points off the Champions League places and have a game in hand over fourth-placed Leicester.

Klopp admitted that the game required their concentration for its full duration due to how tough Southampton made it.

He toldΒ BBC Sport: “We knew before [it would be tough]. The only way I know on winning is to work really hard and that’s what we did tonight.

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“They are well organised and have an intense style of play. They had their moments. We set up their biggest chance ourselves but we deserved the three points.

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Thiago Alcantara scored his first Liverpool goal in the 2-0 victory over Southampton. ( Photo by Getty Images)

“We scored a really nice first goal. But it’s familiar for us now to not finish the game early, so we had to stay in the game and scoring a wonderful second goal obviously was a big relief. We had to fight, we got the three points, really good.”

It would require some luck for Liverpool to make it into the top four but Klopp has refused to rule that out.

“We are kind of [in the race for the top four]. It’s not impossible but it’s difficult.

“We will give it a try and see where we get to.”

Klopp was also pleased with goalscorer Thiago and not just because of his strike.

The boss said: β€œHe played well, not the first time but he looked really good, helped us with top passes. All really good.

“We all had to work hard. The most important situation was his finish, I am really pleased for him.”

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